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Jun 30, 2011 5:30pm PDT
up for former service members who are now homeless. our report tonight from nbc's lee cowan. >> reporter: for elroy riden, empty bottles and cans are the only currency he has. >> this might be enough for me to get a hamburger today. >> reporter: he says he's been homeless ever since he was discharged from the army in 1986. >> i can't hold a job because of my mental disability. >> reporter: the only thing he has in his wallet is a faded card from the va. >> give me a place to stay now, you owe me, you owe me something. >> reporter: depending on the study, there are anywhere between 75,000 and 100,000 homeless vets nationwide and most of them live right here in los angeles. and sadly, there were more of them here last year, than the year before that. >> right now we are full, i would say we're at about 95% capacity. >> reporter: this shelter run by the salvation army is a respite for vets, it's on the campus of one of the largest medical centers in the country. but it now says more should be done for veterans. >> this campus houses more rent-a-cars, than severely disabled vete
Jul 12, 2011 6:30pm EDT
's lee cowan joins us, lee? >> reporter: hey, anne. this is the first of two tributes in two different states for betty ford and in keeping with her very take-charge attitude she was very specific about how she wanted to be remeered. to that end, both politics and her passion for people were front and center. >> reporter: for a first lady admired for being so public, betty ford's final trip up the steps of the church where she worshipped for more than 30 years was ever so private. ♪ preceded by her four children her casket made its way up the aisle in st. margaret's episcopal church. >> we remember before you this day our sister, betty. >> reporter: the largest gathering of first ladies since then. michelle obama and hillary clinton. rosalind carter and nancy reagan, who was escorted by president george w. bush. but it was rosalind carter, once a political rival then long-time family friend who, perhaps, summed her up best. >> someone who was willing to do things a bit differently than they had been done before. someone who had the courage and grace to fight fear, stigma and prejudic
Jul 11, 2011 5:30pm PDT
on it and the fear is they will shut down l.a. or parts of it in the process. our report tonight from nbc's lee cowan. >> reporter: california's 405, three numbers that in los angeles add up to a four-letter word. >> every single day i take that drive and it is horrible. >> reporter: but this weekend, the dreaded 405 is getting a facelift. it's a billion dollar road widening project that's going to allow even more cars out on the ribbon of rage. but there's a problem. to do it, crews have to shut down a 10-mile stretch for 53 hours. the 405 hasn't been that empty since o.j. simpson. >> i would say it would be equivalent to closing the golden gate bridge or the lincoln tunnel. >> reporter: david rizzo called himself dr. road map, a self-described guru for finding a freeway shortcut. >> you may want to pack a tent in your car, some water, a coleman stove, it's going to be that bad. >> reporter: reporters say on a scale of one to ten, this -- >> it's going to be a 9 on the scale of 1 to 10. >> reporter: city officials have begged people to stay away, they have even brought eric estrada out of retirement
Jul 5, 2011 5:30am EDT
website says all further trips are canceled. lee cowan, nbc news, los angeles. >> lee cowan reporting for us. thanks, lee. >>> a plan offered by french president nicolas sarkozy could cause more problems than it solves. for more let's take an early look at the markets as we get all in your business this morning. cnbc's steve sedgwick is live in london this morning. good morning, steve. >> good morning to you. the plan, according to nicolas sarkozy and the french banking association is to roll over greek debt from short turts to longer-dating maturity which would buy them time, not only for greece but essentially the french banks as well. a little bit of conflict of interest. who are they trying to help out? now, the ecb has said the we don't see this as a potential default. in fact, unless all the rating data agencies see, this woe don't have a problem. the dow, for instance, up 5.4ch. that was the best performance since july 2009. 648 points. back to you. >> all right. thanks so much, steve. live for us in london this morning. le. >>> still ahead on "way too early," you hear exxon an
Jul 26, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. the name calling and the brinksmanship. lee cowan takes a look at our angry nation. >> reporter: when the circus pulls into town like it did in san diego last week a lot gets done in a short amount of time which is why it may have come as an insult to the circus when the president compared the stalled debt talks to the comparatively productive energy of a three-ring circus. >> when you come to the table and say what you're not going to do, i would at least hope somebody would come to the table and say what they will do. >> washington's high-wire act is hardly being cheered these days. >> it's taking down the morale of this country. >> reporter: and some marched into their congressman's office today. >> save medicare and social security. >> reporter: and then some turned to twitter. it's not rated but we are, so one of the cleanest ones we could find is this one directing anger at washington for getting what compromise means and getting it done. >> i think it's like a spoiled child. i got to have my way or it's no way. >> it's a pig and a poke. >> reporter: the anger isn't just predict
Jul 29, 2011 5:30pm PDT
accident. but that's not where the story ends. nbc's lee cowan explains how even now rachel beckwith continues to "make a difference." >> reporter: you might think this story starts and ends on the cold shoulder of i-90 near seattle, where a polka dot cross now marks the spot of a terrible accident. but it actually started last month, just before rachel beckwith's 9th birthday. instead of asking for a gift, she wanted to give one. clean water to thirsty kids in faraway lands. >> her big crazy goal is to raise $300 so that 15 kids in africa would have clean, safe water. >> reporter: she raised $220 just $80 short of her goal. she resolved to try again next year. but then came the accident. too violent for even the biggest of hearts to survive. >> i don't think you have to be a parent to not be able to wrap your mind around this intense pain. we all want to do whatever we can. >> reporter: the best memorial, they figured, was just to keep rachel's water drive going. so they did. and then came the flood. her story spread, on twitter, and facebook. the tally grew. first by the day, then
Jul 4, 2011 5:30pm PDT
morning about 60 miles south of the port city of san felipe. nbc's lee cowan has more. >> reporter: the fishermen had been bobbing in the sea of cortez for hours before anybody knew the boat had capsized, clinging to life preservers and ice coolers hoping to be plucked from the water. the lucky ones were, one never made it and as many as eight are missing. >> it's very difficult to find people in the water. it's a very small object in a very large body of water. >> reporter: 27 american tourists along with 17 crew members set off on the erik, a 150-foot boat operated by baja sport fishing. it left the turquoise waters near san felipe on saturday bound for a fourth of july excursion. by saturday night about two miles off the mexican coast, those aboard say she was hit by two massive waves that centered to the bottom in a hurry. >> it's not out in the open in the pacific somewhere. i assumed they would be perfectly safe. >> reporter: murphy is the wife of lee, an experienced sports fisherman who paid hundreds hoping to catch a few yellowtail. >> he said he was fortunate enough that w
Jul 2, 2011 7:00am EDT
. for "today," lee cowan, nbc news, los angeles. >> time for a check of the weather. bill karins is outside. >> good morning, carl, and >>> it will feel a little more sticky outside. 89 in martins purchasing. back to new york city. that's a holiday forecast. amy, carl? >> thanks very much, bill. coming up a father's fight. an exclusive interview with a man who says his ex-fiancee kidnapped their daughter. >> plus meet the new princess of monaco. we will take you live to monte carlo for the $70 million wedding. but first these messages. you gotta try honey bunches of oats with almonds! it's got real, sliced california almonds with a third less sugar per serving than honey nut cheerios. wow! delicious! try honey bunches of oats with almonds! i feel like i have to wind myself up to deal with the sadness, the loss of interest, the lack of energy. [ male announcer ] ask your doctor about pristiq -- a prescription medicine proven to treat depression. pristiq is thought to work by affecting the levels of two chemicals in the brain -- serotonin and norepinephrine. tell your doctor right away if you
Jul 2, 2011 4:00am PDT
's no longer an option. for "today," lee cowan, nbc news, los angeles. >> time for a check of the weather. bill karins is outside. >> good morning, carl, and great weather out here. let's say hi to lynna. she's from atlanta. or hotlanta. what's your favorite thing about the fourth of july? >> the fireworks. >> how about fireworks and we give you a little bit of ice cream and stuff, too? that would be good. let's give you your forecast for atlanta and other areas. unfortunately in atlanta it's going to be very hot on the fourth. a lot of thunderstorms in the deep south. the worst of the thunderstorms will be there through the mid-atlantic. also isolated storms up in the northeast. i'm not too concerned about the macy's fireworks. mostly clear and warm on nbc. temperatures no problem. winds good, to blow some of the smoke away and make it nice and clear where the fireworks are floating. we're going to keep the thunderstorms out of the forecast. it's a fabulous weekend. >>> that's a look at your holiday forecast. amy, carl? >> thanks very much, bill. coming up a father's fight. an exclusive interv
Jul 13, 2011 6:00am EDT
betty ford will be flown to michigan for the second of two funerals. here's lee cowan on yesterday's memorial service. >> reporter: as the desert sun rows off the church worshipped in for more than 40 years, the body of betty ford lay in repose. tuesday night they filed past her casket with many simply expressing a need to get close. >> i've had breast cancer four times and the first time i was going through it, i would keep the "people" magazine with betty on the cover for inspiration. >> reporter: they drove all the way from salt lake city. the former tribute was a private affair. the last time there were this many first ladies together was when betty laid her husband to rest in 2006. but it was rose lynn carter who summed up the first lady who was different from somebody. >> someone willing to do things a bit differently than they were done before. someone who had the courage and grace to fight fear and signature stigma and prejudice wherever she encountered. >> reporter: she was instructed by betty ford to you'll guys not only her life but politics as it used to be. >> mrs. for
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